Ocean Explorers

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Kids ProgramOcean Explorers

Engage your Ocean Explorers with a day of learning and fun designed to nurture their love for the beautiful sea. Kids ages 5-12 will dive into a spectacular underwater world filled with amazing sea creatures, creative activities, and one-of-a-kind adventures.

Ocean Explorers is a living classroom, an underwater aquarium with an interactive tide pool where children learn about preserving the ocean and all of its amazing marine life through fun activities and lessons inside the classroom and outside on the beach. Immersive and adventurous, the experiences provide your child with an exciting addition to their family vacation.

Ocean Explorers will return in the Spring. Please check back for reservations.

For overnight guests only. A portion of the proceeds benefits Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and its vital efforts to promote ocean conservation.

Sample Schedule

Engage your Ocean Explorers with a day of learning and fun. Explorers ages 5-12 will be immersed into a spectacular underwater world filled with amazing sea creatures, creative activities and one-of-a-kind adventures inside the living classroom and out on the beach.

Schedule below is for informational purposes only. Please check back for the Spring schedule.


Sharks and Rays

Dive into the underwater world of sharks and rays where we find out how important they really are. Through fun games and activities, learn how sharks and rays really do help the ocean and world around us.



Grab your bucket and join us as we
discover a completely new world of seashells. Spend the day hunting down the perfect shell and find out why they are so important.

Full Day 9 am to 4 pm | $185 per child, includes lunch
Half Day 9 am to 12 pm OR 1 pm to 4 pm | $110 per child
Explorers Night Out 6 pm to 9 pm | $155 per child, includes dinner

For Reservations

Stop by Ocean Explorers (next to the Cabana pool), or call 619.435.8100
Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance to avoid cancellation fees.
Some programs may be subject to cancellation based on enrollment.

Meet the Artist

The Del is thrilled to partner with local artist and conservationist Carly Ealey. Her spectacular Ocean Explorers murals create an underwater world where children can imagine themselves as fantastical sea creatures exploring tide pools or living deep within the ocean.

Carly has also designed murals for Pangeaseed Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, Key Conservation and numerous festivals including Coachella and Kaboo.

boathouse 1905

Fun Fact

In 1903, Elisha Babcock, one of The Del's founders, helped visionary biologist William Ritter establish a research center in The Del’s boathouse. Ritter and his marine researchers collected plankton, coral, and many other species of marine life.

Their research attracted many prominent San Diegans, including publisher E.W. Scripps, who helped form the Marine Biological Association of San Diego. Ritter’s work continued there until 1905 when a permanent site was secured in La Jolla, now known as Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

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